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West Indies wins series after rain in second match

Skies open up with India 15/0 in two overs while chasing 144 for series-levelling victory

West Indies wins series after rain in second match - Cricket News
West Indies took series 1-0 after rain and delayed start abandoned second T20I.
Torrential rain just two overs into India’s chase put paid to any hopes of it squaring the Twenty20 International series against West Indies on Sunday (August 28), as some of the areas in the outfield of the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill were too soggy for play to resume. When play was stopped, India was 15 without loss in two overs in reply to West Indies’s 143 all out in 19.4 overs.

The result gave West Indies the two-match series by a margin of 1-0, having prevailed by one run in the first T20I at the same venue on Saturday.

When India took the field Amit Mishra, playing his first T20I after more than two years, made the biggest impact. He returned career-best figures of 3 for 24 as West Indies could not bat out its complete quota of overs.

Mohammed Shami provided the first breakthrough when he had Evin Lewis, the centurion from the previous game, caught at short fine-leg by Mishra. Johnson Charles continued his hitting spree to race off to 43 in 25 balls and take West Indies to 50 before Mishra struck with his first ball of the game.

Wickets kept falling at regular intervals after that, as West Indies could not get momentum. The significant passage of play in the innings came between the 10th and 13th overs when West Indies lost Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Andre Fletcher in a space of 22 runs.

Credit for India’s strong bowling show went to the spin trio of Mishra, R Ashwin (2-11) and Ravindra Jadeja, who conceded four fours and one six in their combined spell of nine overs. Equally effective was Jasprit Bumrah, who finished with impressive figures of 2 for 26.

Carlos Brathwaite’s 10-ball 18, which had a massive six over midwicket, ensured that West Indies put up a respectable total on the board.

Rohit Sharma opened India’s account with a six off the third ball of the innings, but rain shortly after that ended the action for the series.

By virtue of avoiding a 2-0 series loss, India retained its No.2 ranking for T20Is.  

For full scorecard of the match, click here.

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